Spot­light on ac­tress Naomie Har­ris

The Bri­tish ac­tress stars in the mon­ster ac­tion flick Ram­page


Ram­page is in SA cin­e­mas now.

OWN­ING THE AC­TION She ini­tially baulked at the idea of do­ing a mon­ster movie but Naomie (41) quickly fell in love with her char­ac­ter, en­gi­neer Dr Kate Caldwell. “I didn’t ex­pect it to be my kind of movie at all, but it moved me. I loved the idea of play­ing Kate. She’s in­tel­li­gent and ca­pa­ble and fun – all the kind of things I look for in a char­ac­ter.”

Even though she’s done a few ac­tion flicks – in­clud­ing two James Bond movies – she says noth­ing comes close to the “in­sane” ac­tion in Ram­page. NOT JUST A JOB She played Win­nie Man­dela in the biopic Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom, James Bond’s Moneypenny, and a crack-ad­dict mom in Moon­light, earn­ing her an Os­car nom­i­na­tion. She also has a re­cur­ring role as a witch in the Pi­rates of the Caribbean fran­chise. “I aim to play pro­gres­sive roles that re­ally help peo­ple to un­der­stand and have in­sight into one an­other, into life and into re­la­tion­ships,” she says. Queen El­iz­a­beth awarded her an OBE last year for her ser­vices to drama. CELEB CRUSH She’s pri­vate about her love-life and it’s un­clear whether she’s sin­gle. She was last linked to fel­low Brit Peter Le­gler in 2016 and dated 12 Years a Slave ac­tor Chi­we­tel Ejio­for in the 2000s. The most she’s gushed about a man was when she de­clared her ado­ra­tion for Will Smith, her co-star in Col­lat­eral Beauty. “I’m com­pletely in love with him. He’s in­cred­i­ble – he’s the nicest man I’ve ever worked with!” SOUND AD­VICE When Naomi was 19, ac­tress Dawn French told her to grow a thick skin to sur­vive the act­ing in­dus­try. “She was 100% right! No mat­ter how suc­cess­ful you be­come you’ll still en­counter re­jec­tion.” Naomie says to sur­vive you must pro­tect the sen­si­tiv­ity and open­ness you need to act and not take re­jec­tion per­son­ally. “Have courage and keep pick­ing your­self up and go for au­di­tions no mat­ter what.” SOURCES: COL­LIDER.COM, JOBLO.COM, VOGUE.CO.UK, INDIEWIRE.COM

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